Revolutions Per Minute

An electrifying soundscape of emma's revolution's characteristically "rousing and soulful" songs of social conscience, in settings from intimate acoustic to full-on funk. Featured contributors include Grammy-winning recording engineer, Charlie Pilzer, Raining Jane percussionist, Mona Tavakoli, and Doane Perry, drummer of the legendary rock band, Jethro Tull. "Y'all put the 'move' in movement" -- Joetta, GA. You can hear full tracks from RPM on our Reverbnation page @

3 - Not My War

© 2011 Pat Humphries, Moving Forward Music, BMI

"My father joined the Army when he was 15. His mother had died when he was a child and he signed up for the same reasons most young people do: to get an education, find a job, to do something that would make his family proud. US wars have always been waged on and fought by the poorest people in the world. I’ve never seen a recruiting billboard in a rich neighborhood. This is for the resisters."

I will not fight
I will not take orders
My life is short and getting shorter
This is not my land
I don’t belong here
This is not my war
This is not my war

When I was young I would play the hero
My chance for real, next to zero
I grew up poor and I grew up empty
Recruiters came and tried to tempt me
They promised cars and they promised money
They showed my future bright and sunny
Though it sounded good, I did not believe them
I had a friend and they deceived him.

My buddy, Juan joined the army
He was convinced he would help his family
He tried his best to buy the story
But bloody lies betrayed the glory
Juan wrote to me from a bar in Baghdad
He helped me see the power that I had
There is no war without the warrior
Just silent tanks, guns and mortars

Juan came home to the dock at Dover
We laid him down in Kentucky clover
With his son and his wife beside me
I read his words. May they always guide me.